The Cheese Shop were a troupe of six comedy writer-performers
from the revue circuit of University
Between 1997 and 1999, Gerard Foster, Dave Lamb, Gordon Southern, Tim
Verrinder, Ben Ward and Richie Webb appeared in three series of their comedy
sketch show The Cheese Shop Presents: The Butter Factor on BBC Radio 4.
This show featured a number of sketches based around eccentric and
outrageous characters, including drug-addicted and sexually deviant
singer-songwriter Ted Ruby, maniac gardener Jack Finsborough, petty official
Miles Stoat and an unnamed but inexperienced vet ("'Tortoise', you say?
Hmm... I must write that down...")
The third series included a regular section called "Fellah's Hour"
this was expanded in a fourth series of The Cheese Shop renamed "Fellah's
Hour" but still written and performed by the same 6 writer performers and
featuring many of the same characters.